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mmsd
02-01-2006, 06:56 PM
You guy's are the pro's. what is the best walk behind 36" commercial quality mower in the $2ooo - $3000 price range? If you have a suggestion please tell me what it is and how much I should expect to pay for it

mulcahy mowing
02-01-2006, 07:03 PM
exmark metro, check the exmark forum should run you $3,200 (thats what my dealer wants)

Signature Landscaping1
02-01-2006, 07:21 PM
how bout the lesco 36'', cant go wrong at $2200,
www.lesco.com

cborden
02-01-2006, 07:25 PM
If you have a dealer near by, I'd look at Bob-Cat for that size and price range. Bob-Cat has a very nice cut, other wise I'd look at SCAG. JMO

mcwlandscaping
02-01-2006, 07:38 PM
Exmark 36" metro here for 2699 from my dealers.

LawnTamer
02-01-2006, 07:40 PM
Hands down the Toro T-bar, should be about $2,700. Make sure you try one of these before you buy a pistol grip, and you'll have no problem making up your mind. Same great cut as the Ex-mark Metro (Toro owns Ex-mark) but easy and intuitive to drive. Mine has cut over 8,500 lawns 99% in 5th gear (6.2mph) pulling a sulky with out a single cut quality complaint or a single mishap. Mow 8,500 lawns with a pistol grip in 5th gear and I bet you end up getting into a couple of fences and flowerbeds. I've cut some flowers with a lesco:blush:
Having a 15HP Kohler command Pro gives ample power for a 36" mower. I had to pay extra now it's standard.

baja4wd
02-01-2006, 07:56 PM
What about a Gravely? All I see is the other brands scag, xmark etc. Anyone else out there run Gravely? We've got an 04 Gravely Pro walkbehind and its a true workhorse.

lawnboy dan
02-01-2006, 07:57 PM
i agree with lawn tamer-toro tbar hands best!

lawn masters 2006
02-01-2006, 07:58 PM
snappper or toro...u pay for exmarks name.....why go w a 36...kinda small if u ask me.....an buy a hydro..!!!!

jtkplc
02-01-2006, 08:06 PM
What about a Gravely? All I see is the other brands scag, xmark etc. Anyone else out there run Gravely? We've got an 04 Gravely Pro walkbehind and its a true workhorse.

The cut in tall, thick grass is not as good as I would like. Other than that, Gravely is an awesome machine. The height adjustment is quick and easy. I would recommend getting hydro if this will be your main mower.

northwest lawn
02-01-2006, 08:12 PM
lesco all the way

mkwl
02-01-2006, 08:31 PM
Toro Proline or Bob-Cat Professional Grade (not the "classic"). I was in your same position about a year ago and settled on a 36" Toro Proline belt drive WB, for my smaller, gated yards. My dealer felt that the Toro Proline was built better than the Bob-Cat "classic", so I went with the Toro Proline. I got mine at my dealer for $2,599 + $200 for Grass Gobbler last Spring. Both Bob-Cat and Toro Proline mowers give an awesome cut, and stripe, and are built like tanks! :waving:

Jpocket
02-01-2006, 08:38 PM
The best 36" Walkbehinds are the old Bob-Cat & Bunton Skinny Belt Drives.
IF you can find a nice one you could get it for around $450-$500.

Some may beg to differ, but IMO you can't get a better 36" w/b unless you are getting a brand new Hydro.

Signature Landscaping1
02-01-2006, 08:51 PM
i just sold my bunton w/b, skinny belt for 500

J&R Landscaping
02-01-2006, 09:01 PM
Toro Proline or Bob-Cat Professional Grade (not the "classic"). I was in your same position about a year ago and settled on a 36" Toro Proline belt drive WB, for my smaller, gated yards. My dealer felt that the Toro Proline was built better than the Bob-Cat "classic", so I went with the Toro Proline. I got mine at my dealer for $2,599 + $200 for Grass Gobbler last Spring. Both Bob-Cat and Toro Proline mowers give an awesome cut, and stripe, and are built like tanks! :waving:

The Toro T-Bar machines are great and super easy to use! The Bob-Cats are also good! Depending on how much you are going to use it, the Bob-Cat "classic" may be a good way to go! You can get them witheither a 15hp briggs and stratton or 15hp Kohler engine. Fixed deck, gear drive. Briggs one will run you about $2,300 or so and the kohler powered unit will run you about $2,500 or so. That's what my dealer has them marked at!!!

CrewCutEnterprises
02-01-2006, 09:12 PM
You guy's are the pro's. what is the best walk behind 36" commercial quality mower in the $2ooo - $3000 price range? If you have a suggestion please tell me what it is and how much I should expect to pay for it


We need some back ground on you,

Are you a home owner, or new contractor? I started with a 36 inch mower 5 years ago.. belt drive. I still have it. For your first mower go belt, get a 36 as it fits gates and open properties buy a velke and go pay for it the 1st year.. Invest 3500.00 on mower blower trimmer

Find a local dealer, I mean 15 mins or less. See what they sell, then check back with Every one here. They all will say different brands, but we dont know what you should buy unless we know what is closest.

Im a Toro fan, Very easy, Demo one for an hour and demo one exmark ecs, then dem0 a scag or similar pistol grip. After you demo, You will know what you are buying.

Jpocket
02-01-2006, 09:19 PM
i just sold my bunton w/b, skinny belt for 500

I still have one, it's sitting outside my shop rusting away, I never use it again, but it was the best w/b I've ever had. I have 2 new w/b, and I rarely use them, I do evreything with my Lazers.

Signature Landscaping1
02-01-2006, 09:28 PM
those old buntons are industructable

Mr Budget
02-01-2006, 10:00 PM
Try looking here http://www.betteroutdoorproducts.com/

lsylvain
02-02-2006, 02:50 PM
I agree get a hydro if you are getting a 36". many people say why pay for the hydro for just a little 36? Simple, because it's your 36 that is going to be in all the tight spots. dito on the Exmark thing, way over priced for what they are.